Thursday, August 23, 2007

A Special Day

Today we had blueberry pancakes (with special blueberry syrup), turkey sausage and fresh orange juice for breakfast (and, of course, as always -- coffee). It's my husband's birthday today (I won't say which one) -- and I have church meetings all evening, so I wanted to do something special this morning. It's also his first day back at school. He teaches guitar (both private lessons and class), and music technology at a private college. He also leads a contemporary worship group.

On J's birthday today, here are some things I want to share with the world:

1. He is an accomplished classical guitarist and composer. He also plays "finger-style" acoustic guitar. My favorite of his compositions is called "Crazy Horse." He writes a lot of music for congregations as well. He has written some pieces for a jazz liturgy, and many songs and hymns in jazz, gospel and calypso styles. One of my favorites is a setting of the beatitudes to the hymn tune "Picardy."

2. He makes a mean omelet, blt and reuben sandwich.

3. He's a really good dad, and his sons are both becoming men of integrity. They are both creative as well. Son #1 plays bass, writes and is a creative graphic designer. He is also interested in current events, and was a journalism major. Son #2 plays trumpet, guitar, and mandolin, throws pots, and is planning on physical therapy. He is interested as well in environmental issues.

4. He once wrote and illustrated, and got published a humor book drawing on elements of his Norwegian heritage.

5. He likes to vaccuum, and irons his own shirts.

6. He actually likes to shop for antiques, and go to bookstores.

7. He has been a Twins fan since they first arrived in Minnesota from Washington in 1960. He knew some of the Cuban Players who had apartments here in Minneapolis. He actually watched the world series with some of them in one of their apartments. His sister also interviewed members of the team for the school paper. He admits to losing interest by 1965 because of the Beatles! He did, eventually, come back around.

8. He likes biblical theology, and archeology.

9. He likes everything I cook.

10. He thinks I am beautiful, intelligent and a good preacher and writer.

Happy birthday, honey!

16 comments:

kim said...

Happy Birthday, Pastor Roth's husband!

Awww...what a sweet post. You got one of the really good ones!

"PS" said...

Perfectly blissful post.

Pastor David said...

Happy birthday to the husband. Sounds like you two are really a well matched pair - what a blessing.

RevDrKate said...

Very sweet! Happy birthday to him! He sounds like a keeper.

Serena said...

Happy Birthday to the husband from me too. What a blessing to have a partner who is such a good match.

And, is his music published in a book others might use?

Diane said...

Serena -- he's working on it. It's a challenge. But I'll tell him you are interested.

Marsha said...

Happy Birthday to Diane's husband and Scout's dad! He sounds like a man of taste and discernment! I would love to hear him play. I love acoustical guitar. (Tell him to think You Tube! bet his sons could help with that!)

David said...

Happy Birthday...what a great list. He sounds like quite a guy.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

yeah! whoo-hoo! bravo! quite a chap! happy b-day...

and speaking of hubbies... we are headed your direction this autumn for a particular sporting event the first Sunday of October and HubHC insists being a part of... maybe there's a chance to meet up. I'll keep ya posted (oh no pun intended!)

Grandmère Mimi said...

Happy Birthday, Honey! Is it OK if I call him that, Diane? I'm from the South.

Honey sounds like a gem, a precious jewel, a keeper. Tell him that I heard Segovia play a long time ago. What a joy!

Diane said...

Grandmere, you go ahead and call "Honey" anything you want. He is also a big fan of Segovia -- studies his recordings. It must have been something else to hear him!
He also took a master class with Christopher Parkening.

Diane said...

Marsha -- I will suggest YouTube
Hotcup -- do keep me posted if you are in the area...

Rowan The Dog said...

Wow! I think I'd make him blueberry pancakes too. Sounds like he deserves them.

I hope you are always as happy as you must've been when you wrote this.

Lindy and Rowan

Barbara B. said...

pass along b-day greetings from me! sounds like a wonderful guy! (does he have any cd's out?)

Diane said...

Barb, he does, but not recently... I think most recent one is "small wonders"...he's been concentrating on other things lately...

more cows than people said...

dude! I didn't know you have a fabulous musician/composer husband too! we are so lucky!